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many to safety as possible. >> there were a lot of us in the barn. we got to the point where we just needed to let them run out of their stalls. >> the flames were straight in the air. the barn was totally in flames. >> he was among the first on scene. he said his heart was aching as you realize the number of forces would not make it out. >> there was no chance for those. >> 27 horses would die as three barns burned to the ground. 26 got out with the help of people. as fire crews cleared the rubble, a tiny miracle emerged. a barn can scooped up by the fire crews. >> you'll probably go home with me. >> this fire was so hot and so bad that just a little while
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ago, the fire department had to come back here and put a little bit of a hot spot. they are going to list the cause of this fire as undetermined. they have many, many people that they need to interview. the track has a long history in west virginia. it opened in 1933 before opening a gambling facility. we will have much more on the still developing story coming up tonight at 6:00. time and not victims are speaking out after an intruder broke into their home looking for valuables. they stuck in the 1900 block in a wooden. . -- in woodbridge. >> these victims are certainly upset about their safety. a woman that we talked to said she was just a hairbreadth away from being shot in the head.
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>> this is where my hair is burnt. this is where they hit me. the gun went off. >> the gunmen who barged into her home this morning is still on lives. they say there were seven people in the home, including a newborn, when two men came through the front door after midday. >> they pointed their guns at us. >> they grab this woman took her back to her bedroom. >> i thought she was already dead. >> the men took money and the woman's valuables and got away in a car parked right in front of the house. >> based on the circumstances,
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it does point in the direction of a targeted occurrence. >> she is grateful that she was not more seriously hurt. the robbers took% of safety and the money she had saved for her son's second birthday. >> everything i saved for. >> this woman tells us that she did not recognize the robbers. one was a man who was average height, the other was a very large. that is all they are able to provide police at this time. we're keeping a close watch the tropical storm. >> bob ryan is here now. if he has been tracking the storm development. what is the latest? >> it continues to move at about 15 miles per hour. it will not be too bad.
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it did bring in some gusty winds. winds are 60 miles per hour in south texas. it is very likely to remain a tropical storm coming ashore tonight. you can see that in houston, the winds have been a bit gusty, up to 45 miles per hour. about an inch of rain. there could be some localized flooding. it will continue to move on a track taking rain to parts of texas. we remain dry, on the other hand. there is no indication that this will be a ferocious storm. for us, it is great football weather. are dry pattern continues. -- our dry pattern continues. as your labor day weekend lines down, some extensive metro construction is coming to an
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end. the metrorail stations are scheduled to reopen tomorrow morning. all the stations were shut down. on the blue line, metro close one hour later than usual tonight because of tonight's football game at fedex field. the rail system closes at 1:00 a.m. there is a growing safety alert in one of the region's largest college campuses. students were attacked in three separate occasions at the university of maryland. police are searching for suspects. >> 3 attacks and robbery -- robbery's all targeting university of maryland students. >> is really frustrating. especially for all the new students. >> prince george's county police
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started investigating, but it is unclear if these are related. it comes about just as students are starting the new year. the most recent happened at 3:00 a.m. on saturday. a former en route date student walking along. one tried to push this did it while another took his wallet, got the cash, and the group fled. >> the suspects are trying to out number the amount of victims so they have the advantage. >> investigators believe that was the case on august 29. five men tried to attacked and robbed three students waiting at this a bus stop. tasted it got away, but another was punched in the face repeatedly and iraq just two days earlier. officers told as several men got away with a purse after robbing to female students. authorities arrested a 15 year- old and a 22 year-old man. they have a warrant out for the third suspect. >> we do have a lot of -- there
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should be better patrols down on college avenue late at night. >> according to investigators, all of these violent robberies take place between 01 o'clock a.m. and 2:00 a.m. in the morning. a spokesperson told us that officers will be increase in patrol during the late evening, early morning hours. at least 17 people are dead after a taliban at suicide bomber in northwestern pakistan. militants still controlled much of that region. time that there is outrage in afghanistan today over a planned event to commemorate 9/11 in florida at. -- current rates -- commemorate
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9/11. church members are planning to burn on the koran this saturday. we will have much more on tensions are rising worldwide in the days leading up to the anniversary. president obama spent this labor day talking about a new plan to getting people back to work. we have more on the president's new plan. >> good afternoon. the president delivered a fiery speech. he took some shots at his opponents. he also laid out his new plan for jobs growth. less than two months until the midterm elections, president obama tried to channel his candidate obama moxie at a labor event in milwaukee. it was the great american working class, the great american middle class that made
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our economy in the of the world. it has to be that way again. >> it is campaign season and the stakes are high. mr. obama rolled to a new jobs bill with plans to rebuild 150,000 miles of roads. a new air navigation system designed to cut down on travel time and delays. only 40% of americans approved of the president's handling of the economy. republicans are pouncing. >> from a republican point of view, we need to bring checks and balances. if we get back into control, will check mr. obama and siebel bring bad balance back. >> the new public works bill is estimated to cost more than $50 billion. >> that spending spree has not worked. >> in wisconsin, to under 40,000
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people are jobless. -- 240,000 are jobless. the president's new public-works plan is a six-year program and it is really unclear if it will even be approved by congress before november. moving onto battlegrounds md., bob ehrlich goes on the offense and his first television advertisement. the commercial debut yesterday. it features the former governor and his family. the martin o'malley campaign responded by saying that he was deflecting his own record of big spending. a big change coming for -- for michael jackson's children. they will now have access to the rest of the world. >> she is blaming the humane
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society. >> charges dropped against the suspect tried to extort money from john travolta. >> running for the victims of 9/11,
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many of us will take time to remember 9/11. >> simply remembering is not enough for one group of firefighters. they are traveling the country. >> we read names of the emergency workers. >> last month, 32 firefighters across the globe embarked on an emotional journey. they decided to run across the country to commemorate september 11. this and lost his father, also a new york firefighter, in the attacks. he says that his dad watches over him during the run. shortly after the second tower collapsed. >> it was unbelievable. >> the 4,620 mile journey began
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in los angeles and will end just one month later in new york city. more important than the distance is the opportunity it provides participants to honor their fellow emergency workers. >> of the brotherhood exists. >> the firefighters have come from all over the world, australia, las vegas, n.y.. for some, it is their first trip to the united states. the dallas heat was a lot for even a fire fighter to take. >> it was brutal. >> but the hope is that like on september 11, that pain will bring all of us closer together. >> we will forget some of the things that divide us. >> the group will arrive in washington tomorrow. you can track them or make a donation. a judge of the bahamas has
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dismissed the charges from two people accused of trying to extort the money from john travolta. the actor no longer wants to pursue the case. they were accused of threatening to release private information about his son. >> he is quoted saying he wanted to get back at her family, saying that her family's made his life tough for five years. a grand jury indicted the dutchman on extortion charges. he is in prison in peru, charged with killing stephanie flores. a plane crashed in las vegas this morning. the pilot was never able to gain enough altitude. that plan eventually crashed right in the middle of a neighborhood.
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one person in the plane had died, three others survived. they all suffered critical burns. a frederick county is posting a new-product unique to maryland. the orchard is the first to sell hard cider. the grand opening is on saturday. they now have more than 3000 trees on the property. hundred in prince george's county enjoy the fantastic weather during a labor day parade. ♪ they had musicians, cheerleaders, even dogs took part in the parade. the parade took place from 10:00 until noon this morning. a book said the participants and onlookers had a great time out there. lots of great entertainment. >> if you go through this holiday weekend and you go back tomorrow --
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>> what else can you ask for? >> outside, here is how we look from high above the studios here in roslyn. looking out over the -- beautiful, beautiful. blue skies. temperature outside now, we did not make it to 90. june, july, august was the first time we have ever had the average high temperature in washington over 90 degrees. the days are getting shorter. let me take you to a few other spots. a lot of folks are out there trying to get those last few minutes of the holiday weekend. ocean city with a little bit of an onshore breeze.
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the pollen count is 71. you can see that area of cloudiness. there have been a few scattered showers and pennsylvania. around here, almost clear as a bell. a little bit of a southeasterly wind, looked out the clouds. there is that onshore breeze. clear as a bell. beautiful shenandoah valley. you can see where the tropics are. what is left of gaston is gone to be moving into the caribbean. there is the area of high pressure. there is a weather front. it will be coming through as we get into wednesday. it is going to be an overall dry pattern on into the latter part
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of the week. dew points are still just about 40. overnight, a good football weather. we will be dropping in to the 60's tomorrow. heading back to work and to school, temperatures will be near 90 degrees. a comfortable 90 degrees. after that, there is a slight chance of a sprinkle as we get on into wednesday. no sign of a return of heat and humidity. the weekend looks pretty good right now. >> excellent. let's keep it going. a town that it is a big night for reality drama. at 8:00, watched the two-hour episode of "bachelor pad."
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a.d.c. dog just vanishes. his owner is out rage. >> a tragic nightmare. >> millions of children are going back to school. that is happening for the ♪ i thought it was over here... ♪ [car horn honks] our outback always gets us there... ... sometimes it just takes us a little longer to get back. ♪
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tomorrow, millions of children will be getting ready to go back to school. >> that includes michael jackson's two oldest children. they are attending class outside their homes for the first time. tonight, we are learning more about where they are going to school and what they are expecting from the school year. they are growing up, no longer wearing masks. they are attending school for the first time. the jacksons are now attending buckley, an exclusive private school. >> i do not know what the instructions were that the school gave to other kids. i do know that these kids can handle anything. >> the school has 770 students. the jackson children -- two bodyguards waiting outside the classroom and follow them around campus.
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their dad would be proud, at their family attorney says. >> if this is what they wanted, and he would have approved. >> the jackson children are reportedly adjusting to the cost of environment very well. their attorney predicts that the body guards will be gone in the next few weeks. they are part of his list of top movies. >> a ne d.c. woman is asking what the animal shelter did with her 6 pound dog. >> along to 95, a traffic is expected to be so bad tomorrow, it even had
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captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- this allocation is about to come to an end in more ways than one. >> we have to get ready for some on welcomed changes when we hit the roads tomorrow morning. rebecca cooper has more. >> the biggest traffic problems all summer are trying to plan those beach getaways. now it is a whole new ballgame.
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whether you are out by foot or wheels, it was one of the great days to enjoy the washington area. people are dreading tomorrow and traffic. here in arlington heights, the jones family was walking rather than driving. tomorrow, it is back in the car. >> with all the school buses coming through, it is going to get pretty backed up. >> john townsend says is the date that aaa has dubbed ttt. it is the day after labor day, when everything comes home to haunt us. it is a day of reckoning for commuters, with kids going back to school. >> many construction produce get back under way. if you take to 95, not be where.
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-- 295, beware. by tuesday, he will wake up to that washington reality, of gridlock. >> i am tired of living in the city. >> the family lives in maryland. the school is in washington. >> we did have to leave early enough and be patient and watch what is going on around us. >> be prepared, the terrible traffic tuesday. we are here along to 95. -- 295. there will be lane closures in both directions. that plans to go on until least october 1. >> we have some more details on the traffic troubles he might encounter tomorrow. a recent survey by the council of government says that 64% of
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drivers but work alone. that is down 7% from 2001. 25% of our areas workforce now telecommute. that is up 11% from nine years ago. 14 it va. dmv offices today opened for a half day today. a computer glitch prevented the dmv from getting -- from being able to process driver's license for a week. a construction worker remains hospitalized today after a trench collapsed in maryland. construction workers were doing foundation work yesterday at the regency lane apartment in capitol heights. a large pile of dirt collapsed on one of the men. it took firefighters two -- about two hours to free him. the first day of school will host a special meeting 14th
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at 1 prince william county school. mayfield interview -- intermediate school reopened in march for the first time since february's blizzard. the school suffered extensive damage, including a collapsed roof. the facility houses fifth and sixth grade students. prince william county police are investigating a situation. police have charged him with aggravated sexual battery. the incident took place friday in village parkway. he is being held without bond. a d.c. woman is out -- actor she says the humane society loss one for dogs. -- outraged after she says the humane society lost one of her dogs. >> she loves the little dog's so much that she got a second one to keep him company. now, at the dog is missing, last seen at the dog pound.
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>> i think there is a big cover- up over there. something is going on. >> she is talking about the d.c. animal shelter run by the washington humane society. >> i've never heard from a dog escaping from a dog pound. clucks her dog is a missing. friday before last, she left the dogs on her deck. they got out the back fence and a dog catcher caught them. the people at the shelter told her she could get him after paying a $30 fine. , as she left him to be spayed, that fine would be $150. she said she called repeatedly to the following day trying to find out when it was finished. tuesday, they called. they said, are you sitting down? should the dog is missing. >> they now say the dog was missing two days before they admitted it to her.
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the humane society preferred all of our inquiries to the d.c. health department. no response yet. she does not believe their story. >> i think someone inside stole my dog. i think the people who are supposed to protect them actually stole her. it is amazing to me that they have all those people working over there and nobody could figure out what was going on with a six-pound dog. then you will cover it up and not tell me for two days. >> he still has no lack, who follows around the house. -- noah. >> i cannot sleep at night. >> at the dog is found, she can be identified but she has a computer chip embedded in her. another reason that the city -- that she's put up with the humane society, it she said she wanted to get a copy of the paperwork she signed. they told her the only way she did the paperwork, she would have to file under the freedom
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of information act. it is time now for a check on the traffic situation. eric thomas joins us now. >> taking a look right now. we're coming off of the bay bridge. no delays. you will see some delays coming back from ocean city. also, route 404 so itself. it is very common when it comes to the labor day delays. 301 northbound is very badly damaged. there were some delays earlier on the beltway in the area of that expelled because a lot of people are getting in line to go see the virginia tech and boise state. that is now not the case. 202 was jammed miserably. if you're heading to the game,
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the labor day holiday marks the end of the summer movie season. >> arch campbell joins us now. >> can you believe this summer is over? this is the official end of the summer movie season. here is a look back at 10 reasons to go to the movies this summer. summer movie number 10, asalt." nine, "the karate kid." 8, "joan rivers."
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7 and 6, the girl with the dragon tattoo and a girl who played with fire. 5, "get low." number 4, "the other guys." number 3, "the kids are all right." number two, "inception." the best number -- the best movie of the summer, "toys story 3." now we go into fall and i am looking forward to a lot of stuff, including a movie called
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"the town of." there is a harry potter coming up. there is a comedy starring harrison ford. >> a, east? >> all right. -- a comedy? >> all right. coming up, the black widow. how local lawmen lays claim to one unusual price. >> 7 is
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craigslist has voluntarily shut down its adult services section. >> the move comes following pressure from law-enforcement. craigslist says the adult services section was supposed to be for legitimate adult businesses. it was being used to promote prostitution. >> it was easy, as convenient to buy a child for sex as it was to
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buy a chair or a couch. >> those looking for so-called adult services are now going to find in this. the line on the website says censored. a georgia man survived a fiery crash banks to share deputies to rescue him. the deputies rest of their life to pull the man from this burning vehicle. they knocked out a window and pulled the man out to safety. the deputies say they did not think twice about what they did. a former soldier is in custody after being involved in the hostage situation in georgia this morning. the man walked to be army hospital caring for firearms and demanded -- and took a nurse hostage. he took the nurse to the behavioral care for. one of the nurses was able to talk the man into letting them go and disarming. no one was harmed. arizona police are searching
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for the woman responsible for throwing acid on another woman to read the victim had just got natter for car when the attacker came out from behind some bushes and through a couple of acid at her. her son believed his mother was targeted. >> she verified my mom and then she tossed it in her face. she started jogging away. >> police are able to confirm that this was not a random attack. the attacker's identity is still unknown. the victim suffered severe burns to her face, shoulders, and legs. she remains in the hospital. a local woman who calls herself the black widow be it's a hot dog eating champ in a battle over wingspread she ate nearly 2181 of chicken wings in 12 minutes.
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-- 181. she's as is 5 feet tall and weighs only 105 pounds. she calls herself the black widow because she beats bigger male competitors. how can sheet eat that much? >> you probably doubled her weight in that competition. -- she probably doubled her weight and that competition. gordon peterson is live in the newsroom and joins us with a look ahead. >> the unemployment rate is not good. president obama is drawing up a jobs plan. we have details of the $50 billion job creation plan. also, the anti islam rhetoric is heating a up in advance of the september 90 -- not 11 anniversary. in the meantime, let's keep enjoying this weather. >> let's get the very latest on the forecast with bob ryan.
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>> can we keep this going? of course we can keep this going. overnight tonight and on into tomorrow, it will be sunny and really delightful. tomorrow, and temperatures will approach 90 degrees, but it will be among the more comparable 90 degree days. beautiful football weather for the big virginia tech game. kickoff time about 78 degrees. by the end of the game, it will be in to below 70's. some great weather. as the golan into wednesday, that would be the only day where i could see a chance of a passing sprinkle. we've got about two weeks about any measurable rain here. the middleng toward of september and the average lows are about 60. still no signs of any general rain coming our way. >> looking good the weather is
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cooperating as all eyes from the district. >> you can expect more problems on i-95. the boise state and virginia tech matchup. we are live there now with more of tonight's kickoff from the capital. >> what an atmosphere here at fedex field where tens of thousands of fans are pouring in. it is arguably one of the biggest sporting events this week in the country. virginia tech taking on boise state. when you think of football and when you think of their fence, you think of loyalty, passion, and tailgating. >> we are everywhere and we love it. >> tens of thousands of virginia tech football fans child from across the country. they come for the season opener. fans competing with labor day traffic arrived hours early to
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tell date in the parking lot. a game with a national championship and location being played in the world class of venue. >> we have come out to play with some friends. and it's fun. it is a good way to be with your friends. hopefully, it really did victory. >> you can literally see how packed fedex field is. just moments ago, officials said they have sold out this game, 91,000 people. you can see a car after car after car. this lot opened up right around noon. both have been here since noon and kickoff is not until 8:00. on a good notes, metro is gone to stay open about and how relate to accommodate the football fans.
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>> those folks are gonna be in great shape. >> i like the way he called the liquid beverages. >> i.s.o. a lot of these fans last night. -- i saw a lot of these fans last night. the key to the outcome may be quarterback. it is their running back who are like thunder and lightning. both guys will get a lot of action tonight. >> that is a good position for us. what i like about it is that they all like each other. they want one -- a want what is best for virginia tech. they will complement each other. >> virginia tech and boise state tonight. maryland is playing it may be right now and it is a 14-7 in the third quarter.
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donovan they cannot was leading. it is dallas week. he showed gasoline no signs of splintering ankle injuries. -- he showed absolutely no signs of his ankle injury. albert haynesworth did not get any snaps with the team today, but he will play against dallas. albert haynesworth is your best defensive linemen. get over it. a on to dallas. -- get on to dallas. >> one of the reasons i would like to have open practices that you can go out there and talk about the team, but not involved in things along those
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lines. >> no more anonymous sources. get that stuff out of there. the nationals have now won seven of the last 11 games. what about this kid? this is his third major-league home run. he is making a lot of noise pricked three home runs in five days. -- he is making a lot of noise. three home runs in five days. >> we will have to be patient. >> coming next, a father struggles to get his child. >> he is staking his fight to utah's highest court. i
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a lot custody battle for a local father is about to reach a
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critical juncture. >> his child was given up for adoption without his consent. >> tonight, he is flying out to you taught to fight what he and others say it is kidnapping. they said of state of utah has become a haven for unmarried women who want to give their babies up for adoption and cut the father's side of the picture. he is getting packed for salt lake city. his day in court has finally come. >> we are -- the 22 year-old father and as attorney will argue before utah supreme court that his daughter was adopted and taken to utah without his permission. >> they broke the law and stole her from me. i had every intention of raising my daughter and i made that very clear. >> his girlfriend gave birth last year without telling him.
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>> the day we went to the hospital, we were lied to and told there was no baby there. the same time we were there, that they were sticking her out the side door. >> she is 19 months old now. utah will not differ up. in an awry -- an ironic twist, he is now back together. >> he thinks about it every day and she wants her back. >> i am not going to just let these people walk all over me. that is the most important thing to me. >> the utah supreme court is not expected to render a decision for several months, but if he loses, he will try to take his case all the way to the u.s. supreme court.
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that is on now for abc 7 news at 5:00. at 6:00, president obama is unveiling a plan to help those who are out of work. disaster in west virginia, barnes catch fire killing dozens of resources. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> alive and in hd, this is abc 7 news at 6:00, on your side. president obama went on the road this labor day. >> the president acknowledges that the problems facing working class families are more serious than ever. he has unveiled a six-year jump start job creation plan. >> the economy is still the number-one issue for americans. the white house resed